Marine Life in Kenting National Park

Image 28 of 115
< Prev Next >
Sea Pen - Kenting (01-02May10) C 085.jpg
Kenting, Taiwan -- Lone sea pen on a sandy expanse.<br />
<br />
Sea pens are highly specialized octocorals that usually live in a sandy or muddy substrate.<br />
<br />
They are composed of two parts - the above ground rachis, which contains the feeding polyps, and the below-ground muscular peduncle used to anchor the colony to the sea bottom.<br />
<br />
Most sea pens are nocturnal; during the day they are buried in the sand and can not be seen.<br />
This photo was taken at dusk.